The High Priestess
The Meaning of the High Priestess
The Tarot High Priestess card meaning in a nutshell:
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings
Secrets and hidden circumstances
stand in the way and need to be understood.
Secret - hidden influence.
The Tarot High Priestess is the ruler of what's hidden and secret, the essence behind the scenes. She knows what really goes on. The High Priestess is not that eager to reveal it, though, at least not to those who are fooled by the superficial. You have to deserve the revelations to which she holds the keys.
The Tarot High Priestess card has a counterpart in that of the Hierophant, the pompous pope who is indeed powerful, but mainly carries the treasured symbols, having less to do with actual rulership. The High Priestess is the opposite - much more modest in appearance and rare in making public appearances, but still running the show. She can be compared to a grey eminence, someone in charge although not carrying the office.
The Tarot High Priestess guards the secrets and ensures the masterplan. In doing so, she knows to act with caution, very discreetly, and paying attention to details that are believe to be insignificant.
But it's in the shadows and the periphery that the future of the world is forged. The microcosm rules the macrocosm. The High Priestess is a master of the microcosm.
When the Tarot High Priestess card represents a person, it's someone who has the key to the solution, but holds on to it unless you are deemed worthy - and your intentions are the ones approved.
If the Tarot High Priestess card refers to an event, there's a complicated problem needing to be solved, almost like a riddle, and you must contemplate in order to see it. Others may not even realize that there is an obstacle, but if not recognized and dealt with, failure is certain - although it may come as a complete surprise and nobody knows why.
The original Grey Eminence: François Leclerc du Tremblay, right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu in 17th century France. The ruler’s advisor in the shadows is a recurring theme, in myth as well as in reality. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1873.
A. E. Waite about the Tarot High Priestess Card
Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana High Priestess Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.
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